Early Life Exposures

With a growing body of evidence connecting early-life exposures with underdevelopment and later-life disease, this sub-theme focuses on exposures that affect development, as well as on the effects of biological factors on growth. This body of work builds on cohorts established in infancy and early childhood to examine the effects of childhood stunting, low birth weight and the impact of early childhood interventions on child development.

Projects under this programme

Featured Project

The gains at age 30 years from the Jamaica supplementation and stimulation study. Investigators: Co-PI’s Susan Walker, Susan Chang; Co-Investigators: Amika Wright (CAIHR, UWI), Sally. Grantham-Mcgregor (University College London), Rodrigo Pinto (UCLA), James Heckman (University of Chicago)

Find out more: https://uwi.edu/caihr/research/pg-30yearstudy.php.


Other Projects

  • Birth Weight & Early Life Growth and Association with Renal Outcomes in Homozygous SCD Investigators: Monika Asnani, Marvin Reid, Ian Hambleton
  • Early Childhood Stunting and Participation in an Intervention: Impact of Parents’ Early Childhood Experiences on the Development of their Children, Investigators: Susan Walker, Susan Chang, Amika Wright, Sally Grantham-McGregor (University College London)
  • Population-Based Indicators of Early Child Development. Investigators: Susan Walker (CAIHR), Maureen Black (U Maryland) (co-leads), Ann Weber (Stanford University School of Medicine), Stef van Buuren, Iris Eekhout (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research), M. Rubio-Codina (IDB) Sally Grantham-McGregor (UCL) and Global Child Development Group.
  • The Influence of Parental Factors on Child Growth and Weight Status in a Cohort of Caribbean Children Investigators: Joanne Smith, Amika Wright, Susan Walker, Susan Chang, Marshall Tulloch-Reid (ERU) Simon Anderson (GA-CDRC)
  • Establishing Body Composition data for Healthy Infants in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Jamaican Arm. Investigators:  Daniel Thomas, Carolyn Taylor-Bryan and Asha Badaloo